If the 49ers suddenly decided to let Trey Lance make all their picks and moves in the 2022 NFL Draft, it might turn out something like this mock.
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s mock NFL Draft season. And while there are plenty of creative mocks out there — ones with a lot of trades, ones involving only offensive players, ones bringing aboard players from a single conference, etc. — Niner Noise decided to get a bit more creative.
For this mock draft, we let San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance sit at the control board for his team’s selections in the 2022 draft.
This would never happen, of course. But it does prompt the idea supporting Lance in as many ways as possible would be vital to the Niners’ plans for the upcoming season and beyond. The No. 3 overall pick from last year’s draft has a number of weapons at his disposal already, namely wide receiver Deebo Samuel and tight end George Kittle. But there’s still a need for more.
And with the desire to create some complementary football, Lance certainly wouldn’t completely avoid San Francisco’s defensive needs either.
Lance will be challenged by the fact the 49ers aren’t selecting in Round 1, thanks to last year’s trade-up to get him. However, eager to be aggressive if he was actually calling the shots, Lance certainly wouldn’t be shy about trying to trade up from No. 61 overall.
So, yes. Trades are fully on the table.
As we kick off this Trey Lance-influenced mock draft, that’s precisely what the young quarterback does to land one of his favorite prospects in this year’s class.